Located in charming Historic Downtown Buford, Sperata offers an amazing fusion of delectable food and friendly service in an elegant, yet comfortable atmosphere. The world-renowned chef and owner prepares meals around the freshest and finest quality ingredients, pleasing each distinct palette with mouth-watering aromas and flavors. The dinner menu includes such favorites as Grilled Scallops in Tomato Tapenade, Sperata House Salad, Filet Mignon with Portobello Mushroom, and Vanilla Bean Crème Brule, all cooked to perfection. Enjoy daily features, which include a variety of fish specialties such as Banana-Rum Crusted Halibut with Butternut Squash Ravioli and Coconut Lemongrass Sauce. Superb culinary creations are complimented by an exceptional wine list and full bar. Upstairs from the main dining room is an equally inviting function room that seats up to 100 guests and is perfect for private and corporate parties and entertaining. We invite you to a most pleasurable dining experience!
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5pm- 10:00pm, Sunday 4-9pm
$31 to $50
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Occasional live jazz in the upstairs lounge. Call the restaurant for the upcoming schedule
We can cater any event any size.
Public lot next to the restaurant, some street parking is available in front of restaurant.
Private Party Facilities:
Semi private 20 to 100 guests; personalized menus.
Private Party Contact:
Petra Hope: 6785469111
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
Banquet room for special events seating up to 100 guests. Call the restaurant to arrange a tour of the facility.
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Sperata Ratings and Reviews
As always, dining here is an excellent e ...
As always, dining here is an excellent experience. I had the fish of the day, haddock, which was perfectly prepared. My friends split a steak entrée. The Vidalia onion tart was shared as the appetizer. My favorite place to eat in Buford!
Not recommend needs major work
We had reservation at 7:45 party of 4. It was not busy. It took 1 hour to get 2 salads. Our entrees were not appealing in taste nor looks. Everyone's dishes sauces tasted the same brown looking sauce. The waiter was more concerned about the candle on table being out than service. The hostess or manager came over and apologized but it was two hours later and we had enough of bad service. And food. Sorry tried a Buford restaurant, not impressed.
We live in Suwanee and used to go to Sperata's a couple times a year and then somehow it left our radar and not sure why. We rediscovered it recently and have been there two times. Both times the service was excellent and so was the food. On our first visit back their special was Beef Wellington, which one rarely finds on a menu.
Took family to Sperata for dinner. 2nd time for me, first for wife and daughter.. From minute one your comfortable and relaxed. Service is fantastic and not pushy.. Great overall staff. Got to have the Carpaccio, it's fantastic. I had the steak au poive, it was butter soft. The Mahi with shrimp was also very good.. A great place to relax and enjoy a great meal..
As usual, Sperata was excellent. Michae ...
As usual, Sperata was excellent. Michael was his usual efficient and attentive self. Of course, Oliver took time to stop by for a greeting. Our guests were impressed with the quality of the food and the friendly attention of Michael and Oliver. Well done!
The lamb was fabulous, definitely recomm ...
The lamb was fabulous, definitely recommend it.
The atmosphere and ambiance along with great true "foodie" type food are always what you get here consistently. I would recommend this for a first date or celebration or just a plain treat. I have small parties here with great success. The wait staff is always helpful and attentive.
Our Favorite restaurant
Have eaten here multiple times and have never been disappointed. Owner/chef Chris Hope turns out an excellent product in a most pleasant environment.
Sperata successfully combines a romantic ...
Sperata successfully combines a romantic ambiance with a hip neighborhood find. We have never been disappointed with their food and Oliver is always gracious and professional. We did think the wine pour was a little skimpy
Valentine’s Day Rush
We went to our favorite neighborhood restaurant Sperata to have a romantic Valentine’s dinner. They were very busy. I had to make a choice….stay and not have many good things to say about my favorite restaurant or just come back at a later time and enjoy all that Sperata has to offer. We opted to leave and come back at a later date (Still to be determined). No need to ruin a great destination with one bad experience. Sure it was Valentine’s Day and it only comes once a year but your favorite neighborhood restaurant should be a celebration every time you go.
Wonderful Valentine Dinner!
We've been to Sperata for dinner on another occasion and once again enjoyed our dining experience. Our Valentine's Day 5 course meal was very nicely done, didn't feel like any of the 5 course meal sat under a heating lamp, the food was delicious and served just right. The service was great as it was last time as well. Only issue that I had was that there was only 1 option on the starter which I couldn't eat because it had ham and prosciutto. Overall, just a great evening with good company and wonderful meal!
Good: The prix fixed menu was overprice ...
Good: The prix fixed menu was overpriced The meal may have been worth $75 a person if there were wine pairing included. The first course was so so, the soups were horrible for course two. Lobster in the lobster bisque was rubberized the potato leek soup had no flavor. The house salad was amazing. My wife's Caesar salad...no flavor. The filet had no sear, but was the right temperature. The filet cut like a prime rib. Seemed to be roasted or boiled. Too many vegetables (and their juices) under the steak. Bernaise sauce had broken but had good flavor. Dessert was tasty and a good (small) size to end the meal. Service: Impeccable. I'm sorry that our waitress had to serve food that was created with no passion though.
Excellent Valentine's Day Dinner
I made a reservation for Sperata for Valentine's Day dinner because we have been there a couple of times before and the food was good, the atmosphere romantic and had a nice experience overall. What I didn't expect--although I probably should have--was a prix fixe menu for the evening. The menu had two entree offerings, a steak and a salmon option. Both would have been OK, but I wasn't really in the mood for either of those two. Luckily, the waiter (Michael) told us quickly that there were two other entree options (a pork Wellington and flounder with scallop and shrimp)... these extra two options saved the day and we had a wonderful dinner. However, I noticed at least one couple who sat down got up and left after seeing the prix fixe menu and the accompanying $75 per order. All in all, we had a very nice evening and the complimentary truffle and long-stemmed rose was a nice touch at the end.
Valentines Day dinner
We were ushered upstairs for dinner. We had asked to sit down stairs. We were seated to a tables with no napkins. We waited for 1 solid hour for soup and salad! We couldn't ask our waitress because she never came back. It then took another half an hour to get our dinner. Absolutely terrible service!
The food and service are always excellent.
We don't get out to eat much these days but when we do Sperata's is at the top of our list. What an enjoyable evening we had. THANK you!
A bit disappointing
We were very excited after reading the reviews. The restaurant is lovely, but the piano is so loud we could not hear anything. The food was okay, but the lamb on the menu is not what we were served. The plating was not what you expect for a fine dining experience. There was also a long wait between our salad and our meal, a very long wait..........might give it another try but probably not.....
The food did not meet expectations.
Atmosphere was nice. Loved the piano. Service was okay but our server did not know enough about the dishes. Swordfish was a little dry. Lamb medallions were tough & stringy. Onion tart was good. Escargot was not as described on menu. And the dishes were not pretty. Valentine's rose & chocolate was nice touch. Overall disappointing & expensive.
parting words for Sperata
Our reservation-request to be sat away from the drafty front of the house was not met--apparently the other tables were spoken for (except for the upstairs and my wife is unable to climb steps). As a consolation, diners near the door (which were frquently opened by influx of customers) were provided a small heating fan. Our meals cooled down quickly.The waiter apologized repeatedly. Although I had checked online for Sperata's menu, their was no mention that the entire weekend featured a Valentine's Day Menu (an unpleasant surprise when we arrived). The meals were acceptable for an average restaurant---but I was expecting exciting cuisine--especially at the Valentine's Day prices. The front desk staff was coldly accomodating and there was a general air of hustle and bustle.
Wonderful meal at Sperata
We had a wonderful meal, outstanding service. Everything was excellent and I'd certainly consider coming back. We wanted to try something new and not a 'chain' in Gwinnett. Perfect for date night. They had a special Valentine's weekend menu so I don't know if what we had is on the regular menu. But if they are I would certainly recommend the pork wellington and the NC flounder. The restaurant is very small so I would recommend having reservations!
Great restaraunt, great food, perfect date night
I would definitely recommend Sperata to anyone. I took my girlfriend for our Valentine's dinner and was quite impressed with the ambiance, the service, and the food. Definitely an upper class, very nice feel, but at the same time warm and inviting. Great wine list and menu, but not priced out of reach for anyone. A+ in my book
Sperata Buford, GA review
Menu on web site is not the same as the menu when you arrive. Items listed on the web menu not offered. Food took forever to be served. One couple asked for rolls since the food was taking so long. $9 for 12 rolls. Outrageous. Ordered bisque, never arrived yet it was still on the bill. A bottle on the menu for $32 was $40 when the bill arrived. Had to point out discrepancies to waitress to get an adjustment for wine (overcharged) and bisque not delivered. Food all spiced with curry. Disappointing. This was a birthday celebration with 3 couples. I was bitterly disappointed and won't return.
Great food. Nice service. Cuisine of the very best.
Wonderful as always!
Always a wonderful, romantic dinner out. We have enjoyed date night here for years! The fish specials were amazing, and the vidalia onion tart is always a must order treat. A great, local date night spot. Thanks to Oliver and Ellie for their amazing service and hospitality. A must try spot if you haven't already. We would love to see them reopen the wine bar down the street to enjoy after dinner. Though, the tiramisu and its presentation with chocolate, ice cream and berries wasn't a bad alternative :)
very poor new years eve experience
This restaurant for a new years dinner was obviously not prepared, the service was incredibly slow, no music, only thing I heard was banging dishes and pans, very limited over priced menu, with food being marginal at best. Servers seemed more interested cleaning up than attending to their customers. Will not be back!
New year eve meal was outstanding. Mike ...
New year eve meal was outstanding. Mike was outnumbered and still made us feel special. As usual, Oliver stopped by to say hello and wish us a Happy New year. Chef had a top level menu. Well done everyone!
We had visited before and loved Sperata. ...
We had visited before and loved Sperata. We decided to celebrate our anniversary here again. My husband had the pork chop and I had the roast duck. Both were perfectly amazing. We shared a bottle of wine and our glasses were always full, including our water glasses. We had their creme brulee for dessert, which I can honestly say was the best we have ever had. The staff at Sperata make dining there a perfect experience. We will definitely visit again!
My wife and I decided not to cook and eat home on Christmas. There were few places open near our home, but Sperata was one of them. We had visited there before so felt comfortable going on Christmas. They had a special feast of a menu, $55/person. It was more than one could eat, but outstanding food and presentation, done family style. Antipasto, with various meats, followed by Wellington Soup (very good) Salad with poached egg, yummy. Then I thought we would be getting our choice of meat. Not, we had ham, sirloin, leg of lamb, green beans potatoes. All this followed by yummy desserts. The food was incredibly well prepared; the Hostess was so caring and helpful. It was a great experience. No rush between courses; we spent over 2 1/2 hours there and not bored. Of course added some wine and espresso.
It was a very special Christmas Day Event!
It was a special fixed menu that was second to none! Appetizer tree with smoked Salmon, Shrimp, Prosciutto and more, Soup and salad, Salmon Wellington, Lamb, Prime Rib, and a slice of Heavenly Ham. Served with Carrots, Green Beans Brussels sprouts and potatoes. Desert was the best Apple Pie with Ice Cream and the Sticky Pudding was to over the top. I know I left somethings out , but all was prepared by a wonderful Chef! On a scale of 10 it was at least a 12! Puts us down for next Christmas!
Christmas Eve Tradition
This is one of our favorite Christmas Eve traditions! Always a lovely meal - delicious food, elegant surrounds, live piano music and great service! I appreciate that this fine-dining restaurant is open on Christmas Eve. Our children are grown so we love to go to dinner on this evening!
Food is the thing a restaurant should do best, and this chef is outstanding. Wait staff was very friendly and professional, though we had to ask where our waitress went, as we waited longer than expected to order a drink. Food takes time to receive, as I suspect nothing is prepared ahead of time, and seems to come straight off the cooktop to table, hot and delightfully fresh. In this case, I don't mind waiting! My husband had Seafood Stew (would have liked more vegetables but it was loaded with delicacies from the sea), I had the Chef's salmon/crab special and savored every bite, and our son had a very large beef tenderloin, loaded with mushrooms. Portions were healthy. Two of us had leftovers to savor at home. I wish the remodel didn't include the "Ali Baba" curtains that conceal the kitchen space. Chef seems a bit like Wizard of Oz, and one has to wonder, who's idea was this? Would much rather see the action - the master at work. I enjoy a feeling of creativity and hustle-and-bustle in a restaurant. We were fortunate though as the evening drew to a close, Chef came out from behind the magic curtain. We were happy we could say hello, and praise him for a meal well done. Highly recommend if you appreciate excellent food and an intimate room. We look forward to returning.
Upscale in Buford
Nice upscale restaurant without having to go to Buckhead or Atlanta. The piano player on Friday and Saturday nights adds great ambiance.
Excellent service and great food.
We were celebrating Christmas with friends and left behind a small gift. Sperata called me immediately to let us know we left something behind. I was very impressed with their attention to detail, after all we left a mess of wrapping paper On the table and yet they sifted through it and found our left behind gift.
The waiter could not get my wife's order correct. She is a vegetarian and ordered a plate of various vegetables along with some sauted potatoes. What she got was all mixed up and included Thai risolo in lieu of potatoes. As she was ordering, the waiter's condescending attitude was not appreciated. We'll not return.
Sperata is consistently a restaurant tha ...
Sperata is consistently a restaurant that delights - ambience, food, service - all excellent. It's pricey but worth it when you want a special evening.
We enjoyed the whole experience. The neat town street location was very convenient for parking and strolling. The decor is very rich and warm. Our table location near the piano and window on the street was perfect for two or four. The service was friendly and diligent. The food excellent . The steak au pouvre melted in our mouths. A wonderful experience for a night out for dinner.
Great dining experience
Chef's tasting menu with wine pairings did not disappoint. Server was attentive to our needs and we never felt rushed. Each course was better than the last. Would recommend without hesitation!
One of my favorite restaurants, great fo ...
One of my favorite restaurants, great food and service
Sperata is in downtown Buford, and provides a pretty good dining experience. We've been there a couple of times, usually for dinner, and have liked our experiences.
Food presentation was very unsophisticated.
Menu descriptions inaccurate and the server couldn't really elaborate or help to describe the food. We were rather disappointed and wished we had not eaten there.
Wonderful, as usual. Home away from home...
...except the cooking and service is far better! Thank you Chris, Michael, Oliver, Chloe, Petra, Ellie, everyone for always taking such good care of us and our dear friends. It's always great to see and talk with all of you.
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